The State of Digital Health

An insider’s look at key considerations and approaches to digital innovation healthcare providers face today.

An interview with Melinda WagnerMBA, MS, BSN, RN, FACHE
with our guest interviewer, Anthony Sloan

 

Today I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing Melinda Wagner, Senior Client-Partner and Healthcare Strategy Lead at Technossus in Irvine, CA. Melinda has enjoyed a diverse journey in healthcare. She began at the bedside as a nurse working in labor & delivery, critical care, cardiac rehab, and post-anesthesia. With a passion for preventive medicine, she moved to the ambulatory setting and ultimately became the Chief Operating Officer for a large physician-owned healthcare organization.

 

Eager to be a part of the technology and data-enabled transformation in healthcare delivery, Melinda joined Cerner Corporation in July 2012 where she led the startup of the behavioral health product division for 3+ years. Melinda then served as a Client Partner for several complex health systems including Boston Children’s Hospital, Emory Healthcare, and Moffit Cancer Center.

 

Melinda has an MBA from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Over the years Melinda has developed great insights on all things digital health and digital transformation, so let’s jump right in and hear her thoughts.

 

AnthonySo let’s talk about digital strategies. What are you seeing and hearing in the world of digital transformation specifically around healthcare these days?

 

Melinda – It’s funny, WSJ asked CIOs what buzzwords they are tired of hearing, and not surprising ‘digital’ and ‘digital transformation’ were both on the list. While the words may feel like nails on a chalkboard to many of us, this ‘transformation’ is just now getting really interesting. It’s become pretty clear; Healthcare is a digital business.   We started this journey with the first EMRs 50 years ago. While still far from nirvana, 95% of hospitals and 90% of providers have digitized their patient’s health and billing information into an EHR according to the CDC.

According to HIMSS Analytics, over 83% of healthcare organizations are already using some form of a cloud platform. Some 40% have ERP systems, and nearly as many have CRM systems. The real magic is starting to happen in how we are using the data in tools outside the EHR.

 

The digits around digitization.

 

Consider some of the stats around the “digitalization” of healthcare and you quickly realize just how much healthcare really has changed (despite being a laggard).

  • – By 2026, the digital health market demand will reach 640 billion U.S. dollars according to Global Market Insights, Inc. – (someone is buying into this transition!)
  • – Medical app downloads grew 50 percent year over year to over 3.2 billion downloads across mobile healthcare apps according to Data.ai’s State of Mobile 2021 Report
  • – In 2022, 38 percent of care was delivered virtually according to mHealth Intelligence.
  • – According to the National Center for Health Research, more than 30% of people now use some type of wearable device to monitor their health.
  • – The global healthcare chatbots market is projected to reach  $314.3 million by 2023. Source: MarketandMarkets.com
  • – The global artificial intelligence in healthcare market size is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.4% from 2022 to 2030. Source: BioSPace.com
  • – The global virtual and augmented reality in the healthcare market is expected to reach $5.1 billion by 2025. Source: Grand View Research. If you’re a healthcare company planning your digital marketing strategy, you should highly consider investing in this technology.

And we haven’t even begun to talk about the impact on research and bio life sciences. The pandemic certainly accelerated the transition but most importantly, we now have demonstrated successes in how individual systems are using this power to improve how they deliver care and how they do business.

 

AnthonyWhat are the most important lessons you see at Technossus as clients are trying to accelerate their digital strategies?

 

MelindaIt’s all about extending care affordably.  Healthcare is about people, and so we must address the diversity of people in how we conceive, design, and deploy technology in the healthcare setting. The newest addition to the buzzwords is ‘equitable by design,’ but I think it is so much more important than a buzzword. I hope it does get overused until it becomes rote in how we think.

 

Digital health can make health systems more efficient and sustainable, and enable them to deliver appropriate quality, affordable, and yes, equitable care. We have to be committed to understanding the digital experience through a DEI lens and investing in the training needed for our technical teams to achieve success for all our consumers.  Measure twice (or as many times as possible) before coding… Another lesson that seems doomed to be repeated is the need to have incredibly strong governance and change management in place before you start. This is an enterprise journey even if on the surface a specific objective only impacts one service line.

 

Digital strategies fail when there is a lack of system-wide alignment on priorities/objectives, lack of project planning/management, and poorly defined or ignored success metrics. It’s not new information, yet we still see it happening more often than not.

 

On setting priorities…and expectations.

 

The saying Rome wasn’t built in a day definitely applies to achieving your digital strategy. Trying to do all things at once will not only be demoralizing to your teams but extremely expensive. Digital strategies cannot be accomplished at the expense of things like cybersecurity, infrastructure management, etc. – these ‘keep the lights on’ kinds of things that actually become more critical as you add on more apps and devices. Start with the masked elephant in the room.

 

Healthcare is a target for would-be attackers so it is not if, but when your organization will get hit. Investing in the continuous modernization and security of your digital infrastructure is simply a cost of doing business. Plan for the less fun aspect of modernization first and make it a priority before security emergencies force you to do so midstream. 

 

Find sensible decision-making strategies from trusted sources. Digital strategies also don’t always mean rip and replace or buying the absolute latest and greatest. Certainly, leave room for truly innovative opportunities that can achieve your defined need. Don’t be afraid of proof of concepts (as long as you follow through on the winners and fail fast on the losers).   As an example, at Technossus we like to refer to the “6 R’s” when thinking about whether to replace, rebuild/modify, buy, or sustain a digital platform. It looks something like this:

 

1. Retain (or Revisit) – “Keep & Reap” –– Keep the application in its current form, at least for now. This doesn’t preclude you from revisiting it in the future.
2. Retire – “Stop & Lop” -– Get rid of the application completely.
3. Rehost – “Lift & Shift” –– Move the application to the cloud (IaaS) and continue to run it in more or less the same form as it currently runs.
4. Replatform – “Lift, Tinker, & Shift” –– Move the application to the cloud and perform a few changes for cloud optimizations.
5. Refactor – “Cut & Gut” – Rewrite the application, taking advantage of cloud-native architectures.
6. Repurchase – “Drop & Shop”– Replace the application with an alternative, cloud-native application and migrate the data.

 

AnthonyHow do you recommend healthcare systems prioritize their objectives?

 

Melinda – The question is really what drives the greatest value (another notably irritating buzzword). It starts with getting into the weeds of asking and holding leaders accountable for their answers on what defines measurable and sustainable value and for whom? The backlog blackhole?

I hear all the time from IT leaders that they have hundreds of projects on their backlog…there’s no value to a backlog that can’t be done. In fact, it is demoralizing and creates riffs between those putting in projects and those who can’t even begin to get them all done.   I also know leaders who tie everything on their list to “regulatory and/or patient safety” because they believe nothing else will get done. There is, and always will be a finite number of resources to dedicate to IT and to the digital journey.

 

Trust your data

 

Instead of thinking about what this department needs or that provider wants, ask the tough questions about what delivers concrete impact to your defined metrics of success – and then be vigilant. Don’t be afraid to be bold and go in a different direction than your peers when the data support tells you something different.

 

AnthonyWhat trends do you think are most exciting right now?

 

Melinda – I think of the digital opportunities in several buckets.  People want and deserve more control. Consumer support is one and I am really excited about the ability to put information and tools in the hands of the consumer to help them take accountability for their own health.   In bending the cost curve, personal accountability has been one of the hardest things to impact and while we are still in its infancy, the opportunity to guide consumers on a personalized journey to be the best health advocate for themselves they can be is exciting.  Use AI & ML to save you money, it’s what they’re good at.  In the enterprise support bucket, I think the tools to use AI and ML to improve the cost of doing business from supply chain management to revenue cycle have tremendous value.

 

Personalized care will improve clinician support. In the clinician support area, I am very excited about the pursuit of different care delivery models beyond telehealth into things like ambient support. I am especially excited about the opportunities to help clinicians focus on personalized care. It is truly mind-blowing to me that the physical exam I receive today is essentially the exact same one I received 20 years ago and for the most part the same as my mother received 40 years ago.

 

Digital care sees a change in what we evaluate and for who, especially for mental health. In patient diagnostic/monitoring, therapeutics, and research, I am really excited about the focus on mental health. For literally centuries it was relegated to the shadows. I am sorry it has taken a series of national crises to elevate it but I do believe it will get the needed attention now.  I am hopeful, albeit concerned, that the healthcare regulations and payers keep up with the changes needed to capitalize on the opportunities for advancement.  For example, during COVID part of the reason we could shift so quickly was some requirements were relaxed. It begs the question if they can be relaxed in a crisis, are they necessary at all?  I am by no means suggesting full anarchy, but we can’t stifle progress because of rules that no longer serve the patient or the industry.

 

Closing Thoughts:

 

I want to thank Melinda for her generous time and willingness to share her thoughts and candid insights about these important topics. These are challenging and exciting times for the global healthcare industry. Technology, medicine, research, business, and health provider services seem to be colliding in complex new ways. Let’s hope more good-faith discussions like these will inspire others to make the changes necessary to improve the processes that will impact the communities they serve to the greatest degree possible.

Special thanks to our guest interviewer, Anthony Sloan, for helping us foster another great discussion on innovations in digital health. Antony Sloan is with Anthracite Consulting, Switch4Good, and California State University focusing on the ethics of AI and related technologies.

Until next time,

Team Technossus

It’s an uprising that, over a relatively short period, will impact companies and industries around the world. It’s a revolution that will disrupt, transform, and even threaten the existence of many companies. But this revolution is one that offers an abundance of opportunity, beginning with the opportunity to thrive in the post-transformation digital world.

This digital revolution – a rapidly-increasing reliance on digitally-enabled services and analytics, by companies and consumers – can be a double-edged sword for many organizations. Developing compelling ways to drive customer interaction with a company can promote loyalty and expand a client base, however, building and maintaining the tools to get there can be a complicated, expensive proposition. Integrating multiple internal systems to improve reporting accuracy is great, but is the information generated useful? Is investing in a new enterprise system worth it? How do you know?

For many companies to be relevant and thrive, a transformation will be required. Business operations, customer acquisition, and retention, even how companies define their core mission, may need to change to effectively meet the needs of a rapidly-evolving marketplace. In response to this disruption, companies need to rethink the role that IT will play in the future, how their workforce will be engaged, how they will safeguard newly minted digital assets, and how best to utilize those assets to advance their business goals. Transforming a business to be not just comparable to the competition, but superior to it, requires careful and deliberate strategic planning. It means not just responding to problems, but holistically anticipating and avoiding them. A transformed company uses intelligently-planned software and business processes to identify and mitigate challenges before those challenges gain a foothold.

This is not a mere academic projection to think about in preparation for the future. The digital revolution isn’t on the horizon, it’s already here. Customers have more options than ever, with greater price and service transparency. Companies have more channels than ever to approach and win customers, to evolve their internal cultures, and to collect and assess data on key business drivers. Entire industries are threatened with obsolescence by disruptive business models that have grabbed market share at unprecedented speed. Others are experiencing significant disruption to their businesses because of newer services built around digital technologies.

The barriers to entry that used to protect established companies are significantly lower as technology start-ups continue to threaten those companies daily. Recent research conducted by Dell Technologies found that 78 percent of executives in established companies consider digital start-ups a threat, either now or in the future. Meanwhile, 48 percent of respondents said they don’t even know what their industry will look like in three years’ time— a stark contrast to the recent past, when established companies were the stewards of their industries.

While many organizations have begun to respond, the task remains surrounded by a host of questions: Where do we start? Do the business groups lead, or does direction come from IT? What does it mean for our workforce? How do we establish ROI? Are we ready to take on the risks associated with these changes? While these and many other questions need answers, transformation requires more than an internal Q and A. Companies must also identify and address the unique challenges presented by the digital movement in order to fully embark on a journey of permanent, organic transformation. It is not enough merely to be pulled along in the current; to orchestrate a meaningful and effective transformation, companies must thoroughly understand what the digital revolution means to their business and become proactive in bringing about the necessary changes.

Information technology is core to enabling successful trans-formation. Sweeping changes will need to occur in many facets of business. New technologies will have to be brought in and the corresponding skills to effectively implement those technologies. A new way of thinking must be introduced, stemming from the boardroom and penetrating down to the front lines. Software will morph from a set of tools purpose-built for running a business to the central core of almost every business. Cloud strategy, mobile first, AI, bots—today’s buzzwords are rapidly becoming essential components incorporated into the next generation of products and services.

Very few companies are on the leading edge of this change, but those that are have been proactively rethinking their business models, developing new software systems, and offering services that provide rich and engaging customer experiences, while at the same time introducing unprecedented efficiencies. Other organizations are looking seriously at the challenges and possibilities inherent in updating and future-proofing (in so far as that’s possible) a modern business – first and second steps toward legitimate transformation. Still others are actively evaluating their options while waiting to see what operational and industry standards take root. Finally, a stubborn few at the tail end of the spectrum are resisting change or, worse, seem oblivious to the rapid evolution of the digital world. These companies are at the highest risk for disruption and possible marketplace elimination.

Transformation is, in essence, the key to surviving the forces of “digital Darwinism”

Digital transformation is not a vanity idea that one can choose to adopt at leisure. It is, by all accounts, a momentous paradigm shift in business operations. It means embracing a whole new perspective on doing business. It means shifting from a platform on which a business operates to one on which the very identity of the business is built. It will serve to differentiate between companies that thrive in this new digital era and ones that cease to exist. Transformation is, in essence, the key to surviving the forces of “digital Darwinism.”

Whether you are actively engaged in transforming your company or have just begun to look at digital transformation and need a guide as you embark on the journey, we can assist. We’re familiar with the path and we understand its challenges—it’s what we do, it’s how we think.

Over the past few months, we have been refining and adding functionality to our On-Premises release toolkit. One of the newer requests we had was the ability to provide versioning to assemblies. This was important because we needed to be able to easily correlate a bug to a specific build. To accomplish this goal we added a new task to our toolkit that sets the version in all of the AssemblyInfo.cs files in your project. Here are the steps to add this to your own project.

  1. 1.Make sure you have added out On-Premise Release toolkit to your instance of VSTS from here
  2. 2.In order to easily correlate builds to Assembly Versions, you will want to change the build number format of your build to $(Year:yy)$(DayOfYear)$(rev:.r) . Unfortunately, C# limits build numbers to be limited to below 65535 which is why we are using the Julian Date.
  3. 3.Add the new ‘Set Assembly Version’ task to your build. You will want this to be the first task to run in your build. Set the version number to something meaningful to you. Setting it to 1.0.$(Build.BuildNumber) will use the build number you set on the general page.

The drop that come from your build should now be versioned! If you want to show this in your UI, You can add this to your Razor or Asp.Net View. like so:

This task should be available to everyone that has added our extension. Please let us know any of your feedback on our Github page or contact us if you are interested in having Technossus Automate your Release Management Process

The Center for Digital Transformation (CDT) at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business held their second annual conference on Thursday, March 24, and attracted more than 300 business executives seeking insights from industry innovators on how to stay relevant in an increasingly digital world. The one-day forum, titled “Road to Reinvention: Leadership in the Digital Age,” featured thought-provoking interviews, moderated panel sessions and fireside chats with leaders from various industries and organizations such as Wal-Mart, IBM, GE Digital, Taco Bell, PepsiCo, UnitedHealth Group, Target, Anthem and CoreLogic.

It is certainly no secret that our world is shifting toward an ever-increasing digital reality, with transformation happening all around us. We now have the ability to simultaneously connect via mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and the Cloud, with expanded connectivity options and bandwidth capacity that enables companies to not only jump on the digital transformation bandwagon, but also reform their businesses in order to capture more market share and increase profits.

Yet despite all of this progress, the question remains for those eager to move forward and keep pace: “How can we do it?”

According to Vijay Gurbaxani, CDT’s founding director and Merage School’s Taco Bell Endowed Professor of Information Systems and Computer Science, the solution isn’t so simple. “Executives tell us that they know they have to transform their organizations,” he said. “The truth is, there is no easy answer – no one has cracked the code on reinvention.”

Over the past few years, companies have largely been competing on cost and unique value to customers. By embracing the digital transformation, however, most experts agree that businesses can successfully combine low costs and superior experiences in ways that previously could not have been accomplished. From a corporate strategy perspective, companies that fail to recognize and embrace this shift will likely struggle to be relevant in the near future.

Business leaders are at a crossroad, as investing in technology has become a necessity for meeting virtually all consumer and market expectations and unlocking new sources of value for clients. And though the choice may seem obvious and rather straightforward, many decision makers grapple with the notion of investing (generously) in business technology to win, efficiently serve and retain customers. The alternative, though, is to do nothing and either quite possibly be crushed under the weight of legacy IT.

No one can dispute that a better customer experience correlates with higher revenue growth, and forward-thinking businesses—B2B and B2C—are right to obsess over offering a better and differentiated customer experience considering the fact that brand loyalty is now being replaced with experience loyalty. But this is a shift no longer limited to the service industry; industrial businesses are feeling the pressure as well.

Bill Ruh, CEO of GE Digital, may well have provided conference attendees with the ultimate equation when he stated, “The industrial companies that can bring together cloud, open source, and real-time process management with industrial product cycles will be the ones that will win in the digital transformation process.” How it is solved will be up to the business leaders of the new digital era.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what your company is doing to transform its business to stay relevant in an increasingly digital world. Feel free to email me at: brian.goodman@technossus.com.

As Technossus continues to move forward with process improvement we actively try to identify pain points in our day-to-day process. One of these major pain points was getting an application deployed. At Technossus we practice Agile Software Development which meant every 2-3 weeks depending on project, we would have a deploy. These deploys would at minimum involve one website and some database changes. If there were bug fixes, this process could happen multiple times during a sprint which meant downtime for a developer to handle this process.

We decided that it is much more important for our developers to focus on software and set down the path of automating the Ops portion. We made the shift from Team Foundation Server to VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services). In doing this, we were also able to adopt the usage of Release Manager. This new task based release system gave us the ability to convert from our antiquated XAML build & release templates to a newer more agile system where we can now run a build, qualify it, and promote it saving a significant amount of time and also increasing reliability.

What We Did

When we starting using the new build and release system in VSTS, we found out that most of the release process was either geared toward Azure or required a lot of tedious work. We built a bunch of PowerShell scripts to handle all of the different tasks we needed to accomplish. These tasks included:

  1. 1.Deploying an IIS Application
  2. 2.Deploying an IIS Virtual Directory
  3. 3.Deploying a Sql Database from a Database Project
  4. 4.Updating App Settings
  5. 5.Updating Connection Strings
  6. 6.Enable Automatic SSL Redirect for IIS applications

It is very easy to use PowerShell scripts in Release Manager but configuration can become tedious because you must plug in all of your parameters into a single string line that I usually found myself copying into another text editor. Because of this and the fact we had the opportunity to be trial users, we decided that we would share these tasks with the world so that we could help simplify adoption. That is why we created the On-Premises Release Toolkit.

Day-To-Day Impact

Thanks to the toolkit, we were able to bring the deploy time of our simplest application down from 5 minutes to under 1 minute. That is one minute of compute release buttontime, not developer. Some of our larger applications required 5 IIS Applications to be deployed as well as a large number of Database changes. Generally the deploys on these applications would take around 20 minutes of the developers time. Thanks to our automation, we were able to drop that down to under 3 minutes. Once again, that is compute time, not developer time. For the developer, a release is a single click away, leaving them the ability to do valuable work. This not only translates to less hassle for the developer but also lower cost for the customer and greater deployment reliability.

For the developer, a release is a single click away, leaving them the ability to do valuable work.

On-Premise Releases Made Easy

We currently use this for all of our internal deployments and will continue adding functionality as needed.

You can find it on the Visual Studio Marketplace here. Just click Install to add it to your VSTS instance. For any documentation or for enhancement requests/issues, check out our GitHub page here for more info.

Please let us know any feedback you have! We would love to continue enhancing this product. If you are interested in having Technossus Automate your Release Management Process, email me at christopher.woolum@technossus.com.

“The Cloud.” Once a buzzword used by millennials in hipster coffee shops and tech conventions, the cloud has become an imminent reality for businesses today. More and more software architects are tasked by their employers to re-architect and migrate their existing systems for deployment into the cloud for greater reliability and scalability at a lowered cost. When done right, immersion to the cloud enhances internal and external operations that generate new business opportunities that ultimately improve the bottom line.

The competition is heating up in the public cloud space (projected by Forrester to reach $191 billion by 2020) where Microsoft’s Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are three of the many platforms competing for a bigger share of the lucrative market. While AWS has a significant head start on the others, Google and Microsoft are strong contenders and they both have the power, money, technology, and marketing to attract individual and enterprise customers. In a strategic move to promote Azure’s growth in the enterprise space, Microsoft initiated an immersion training program at no cost to their customers. Touted as a one day “boot camp”, the immersion training includes extensive content and training material, a comprehensive curriculum, and dedicated rack servers or “pods” to facilitate hands on Azure navigation and training.

Technossus has been heavily involved in Cloud initiatives and projects and has an expertise in the area of architecture and development of applications for the cloud. Microsoft’s Rodrigo de Carvalho wrote, “For Microsoft, Immersions are the preferred vehicle to teach customers new things, stimulate them to know new technologies and embrace new concepts and ideas. Having Technossus deliver the session in Irvine has been a great example of where technology and solution providers work hand in hand to add value to customers. The expertise brought by Technossus’ Solution Architects to the session and their extensive experience in developing application using Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio made all the difference and customers left the discussion inspired by what they learned.”

As a Gold Partner, Technossus has made extensive investments in understanding the Azure ecosystem and it was no surprise that we were asked to lead the Azure immersion training program. We are well acquainted with the challenges enterprises face. Technossus specifically addresses concerns during the immersion sessions that business leaders have in migrating or building applications for the cloud.

The typical audience during an immersion session is composed mostly of enterprise architects seeking to architect a cloud environment to optimize existing resources and enable application innovation in order to maintain an edge in their respective industry. The program addresses innovations such as enhancing the mobile customer experience, creating B2B partner portals, or mix and matching traditional line-of-business apps and data to create new views and opportunities for the business. Insights on the flexibility of Microsoft’s enterprise-grade development and cloud environments that make the introduction of new technology with existing systems as seamless as possible in a collaborative and hands on fashion make the immersion session beneficial and advantageous for the audience. By dividing the Application Innovation track into three experiences, Technossus addresses the following:

  • Experience 1: Architect Hybrid Applications
  • Experience 2: Creating Modern Mobile and Web Applications
  • Experience 3: Delivering Scale and Business Insight

The Immersion Training allows members to log in to the Azure portal and experience what a real life implementation of an enterprise environment might look like. Whiteboard sessions that are peppered throughout the training provide enterprises insight on handling growth. The hands-on nature of the boot camp allows architects the experience to familiarize them with how a typical system is designed along with tips on how to overcome some common obstacles.

Technossus understands that architecting for the cloud can be daunting at first glance, leaving architects questioning whether the effort will be worth the result and if they are designing for capabilities and scale that the company may never reach. Azure Immersion training addresses these concerns in a candid and forthright manner. For information on upcoming sessions or any questions and concerns on how to stay ahead of the curve with respect to application innovation, contact me at bekim.gjokaj@technossus.com.

As 2015 comes to an end and many of us are focused on planning for the upcoming New Year, it’s a great time to reflect on the past and contemplate what’s yet to come. For all of us at Technossus, especially during a season when family is so important, this brings to mind the future generations. As a company, not only are we thankful for our own children, particularly since many of our associates have welcomed new additions to their families this year, but we are also truly invested in the youth of Southern California. They are our future, the talent that will help our business, industry, nation, and world to thrive in the coming years and decades. Considering this vision, we are grateful to have found the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana (BGCSA), an organization that shares these same ideals and that is striving to make a difference in these young lives.

A little over one year ago, Robert Santana, CEO of BGCSA, presented to the members of Vistage Worldwide here in Orange County, CA. Kevin Castle, CTO at Technossus, remembers being staggered by the fact that today, the majority of the youth in Santa Ana, CA, one of the most disadvantaged communities in the region, face a reality where access to technology, training, and skills are severely lacking. Being a member of the Technology Industry, this is a critical issue. We have already noticed that finding good developers is hard, and research shows that it’s only going to get harder. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs in the field of computer science, but just 400,000 college computer science majors to fill them. Fortunately, Santana went on to explain that BGCSA is continually working towards eliminating this disparity, by ensuring that all of their members have the resources and support system necessary to succeed in an increasingly competitive 21st century economy. It was from this point on, that Technossus partnered with BGCSA to sponsor the positive and healthy development of our youth.

We live in an age that demands our kids have access to technology, the absence of which will leave them at a great disadvantage in comparison to their peers around the globe. Seeing this need in the community, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana has created a new strategy in order to focus on developing skills and competencies that close the digital divide in their area. BGCSA members can now access programs that teach the fundamentals of coding, as well as a robotics program, which applies this foundational knowledge with basic concepts in engineering. Combined with their existing IMPACT Model, this technology introduction can help fulfill their Mission and put Santa Ana’s youth on a clear path to educational achievement, college and career opportunities, and a successful future.

Technossus is proud to support BGCSA and share our love of technology with Santa Ana’s youth. Through financial sponsorship, we have contributed in the development of BGCSA’s cutting edge technology programs. In addition, A Day in the Life Event was held at our headquarters in Irvine, CA, helping to expose BGCSA members to the different career paths that exist within the field of Computer Science. We are also in the process of coordinating walk-throughs with our clients in the Aerospace and Biotechnology industries.

As you prepare to welcome in 2016, we here at Technossus invite you to join us in supporting innovation in technology programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, and make an investment in ensuring our youth are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow and beyond.

How You Can Help

Contact Travis Whitten, to learn more about how you as a corporation or as an individual can get involved.

On Thursday evening of last week, the Orange County Technology Alliance announced the 2015 winners of the annual High-Tech Innovation Awards.

Technossus was honored to be among the winners, and we would like to recognize the other nominees and recipients of this years’ awards — it was an amazing collection of entrepreneurs and innovators to be a part of, and showcased the depth and breadth of the Orange County technology landscape.

“The key ingredients for an environment that fosters innovation and growth are availability of capital, a talent pool of the best and brightest minds, and the quality of life to keep them,” said Ravnish Bhalla, Technossus CEO.

“Orange County has always been one of the best places to live, but has lagged behind Silicon Valley and other top tier technology hubs for investment capital and top talent. That is no longer the case: investors, entrepreneurs, and top-rate technologists have grown Orange County’s technology ecosystem so that it rivals any in the nation — in quality, if not sheer size.” Bhalla said.

“For Technossus, as a technology company, there is no better time than now and no better place to call home than Orange County. The OC Technology Alliance Awards were a tremendous demonstration of just how much Orange County has to offer, and we are honored to be a part of this amazing community.”

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Public Company CEO
Paul Arling, Universal Electronics Inc. (winner)
William Brown, D-Link Systems, Inc.
Jim Mulato, Astronics Test Systems Inc.

Private Company CEO
Raymond Grainger, Mavenlink (winner)
Tom Fedro, Paragon Software Group
Stuart McClure, Cylance Inc. 

Public Outstanding Technology Company
Microsemi (winner)
Meggitt Sensing Systems
Universal Electronics Inc.

Private Outstanding Technology Company 
SYSPRO  (winner)
Greenwave Systems
Proove Biosciences

Clean Tech/Green Tech
Blossom, Blossom Smart Sprinkler Controller (winner)
NotaryCam, NotaryCam
Phoenix Energy Technologies, EnterpriseDX

Cloud/SaaS/Web Platform Solutions
Corent Technology, Corent SurPaaS® (winner)
Mavenlink, Mavenlink
Reazon Systems, Inc., RCampus Competency Management System

Consumer Devices and Software
Insteon, Insteon Hub (winner)
Cosemi Technologies Inc., OptoHD HDMI Hybrid Active Optical Cable
D-Link Systems, Inc., HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera

Cyber Security
Cylance Inc., CylancePROTECT (winner)
Netwrix Corporation, Netwrix Auditor
Secure Channels, Secure Channels PKMS2 Encryption

Enterprise Hardware & Device
Microsemi, Microsemi Integrated GNSS Master Sync Solution (winner)
ClariPhy, LightSpeed-ll CL20010
IXI Technology, PowerNet

Enterprise Software
iPourit, Inc., iPourit Self-Serve System (winner)
Levyx, Inc., Hydrogen
Telogis, Telogis Coach

Mobile & Wearable Technology
Lexmark, Lexmark Mobile Capture™ (winner)
Conexant, Conexant AudioSmart CX3803 Input Preprocessing Software for Windows
Martian Watches, Martian Victory Voice Command Smartwatch

Medical Technology
ReShape Medical, The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon
Remendium Labs/Sparton Aubrey Group Team,  leva®

Semiconductors
ClariPhy, LightSpeed-ll CL20010 (winner)
Astronics Test Systems, Inc., ActivATE Test PlatformMicrosemi,
Microsemi SmartFusion2 FPGA – Enhanced Security
Microsemi, Microsemi ZL70103 Ultra-Low Power (ULP) RF Transceiver

About Orange County Technology Alliance
Orange County Technology Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the local innovation economy. It is the successor organization to the Orange County Council of TechAmerica and AeA. It is the only technology association addressing the needs of technology companies and their leaders based in Orange County, Calif. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition. To learn more about membership, contact OC Tech Alliance at octech@octechalliance.com or www.octechalliance.com. Follow alliance activities on Twitter at www.twitter.com/octechalliance.

About Technossus
Technossus is an Irvine, CA based technology consulting and software services company, dedicated to partnering with clients to develop custom solutions for business transformation and growth. Since 2008, we have provided enterprise-class software development, systems integration and advanced technology guidance to clients in a number of rapid growth industry verticals, enabling them to increase agility, enhance productivity and improve business performance. Our highly collaborative engagement involves understanding our client’s unique operational goals and challenges, and combining emerging technologies with structured delivery models to develop customized, mission-critical business solutions.

Media Contacts:

OC Tech Alliance
Dan Chmielewski
Madison Alexander PR
714-832-8716
949-231-2965
dchm@madisonalexanderpr.com

Technossus
Rob Neppell
Director of Sales
949-769-3500
rob.neppell@technossus.com

Technossus is honored to announce that our Helix Laboratory Information Management System is the winner of the 2015 Medical Technology award, presented at the Orange County Tech Alliance 22nd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards dinner.

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Technossus provides technology consulting and software services to clients in Southern California and nationwide, serving diverse industry verticals including aerospace, financial services, health and insurance. Our Life Sciences practice contributes to over 320,000 healthcare decisions treating over 200,000 patients each year, and it was this experience that led to the genesis of the Helix Laboratory Information System.


OC Tech Alliance High-Tech Innovation Awards 2015

“We realized that our clients had new technologies for diagnosing cancer and other conditions but they could not bring them to market quickly – their information technology just couldn’t keep up with the demands of the testing processes,” explained Kevin Castle, Technossus CTO.

“Helix is a product that we designed to address any labs’ workflow needs – adding new tests can be accomplished in just a matter of days. And when a lab is performing tests to identify cancer, every moment saved and every incremental increase in quality control provides a direct and real benefit to not just the laboratory, but to the physicians and patients relying on those tests. And that can literally mean the difference between life and death,” Castle said.

“We’re pleased to recognize Technossus and the other finalists in Medical Technology with the 2015 High-Tech Awards ceremony,” said Peter Craig, CEO, Orange County Technology Alliance. “With 45 finalists, every one of our award categories was extremely competitive and I congratulate all of them for their innovation. This was not an easy choice for our judges and we especially congratulate Technossus for their Helix LIMS’s win in the Medical Technology category.”

“Outstanding innovators and companies such as Technossus represent the finest of Orange County. Our tech community has a bright and exciting future,” added Craig.

Technossus would also like to recognize and congratulate the other nominees and winners of this years’ awards:

Public Company CEO
Paul Arling, Universal Electronics Inc. (winner)
William Brown, D-Link Systems, Inc.
Jim Mulato, Astronics Test Systems Inc.

Private Company CEO
Raymond Grainger, Mavenlink (winner)
Tom Fedro, Paragon Software Group
Stuart McClure, Cylance Inc. 

Public Outstanding Technology Company
Microsemi (winner)
Meggitt Sensing Systems
Universal Electronics Inc.

Private Outstanding Technology Company 
SYSPRO  (winner)
Greenwave Systems
Proove Biosciences

Clean Tech/Green Tech
Blossom, Blossom Smart Sprinkler Controller (winner)
NotaryCam, NotaryCam
Phoenix Energy Technologies, EnterpriseDX

Cloud/SaaS/Web Platform Solutions
Corent Technology, Corent SurPaaS® (winner)
Mavenlink, Mavenlink
Reazon Systems, Inc., RCampus Competency Management System

Consumer Devices and Software
Insteon, Insteon Hub (winner)
Cosemi Technologies Inc., OptoHD HDMI Hybrid Active Optical Cable
D-Link Systems, Inc., HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Baby Camera

Cyber Security
Cylance Inc., CylancePROTECT (winner)
Netwrix Corporation, Netwrix Auditor
Secure Channels, Secure Channels PKMS2 Encryption

Enterprise Hardware & Device
Microsemi, Microsemi Integrated GNSS Master Sync Solution (winner)
ClariPhy, LightSpeed-ll CL20010
IXI Technology, PowerNet

Enterprise Software
iPourit, Inc., iPourit Self-Serve System (winner)
Levyx, Inc., Hydrogen
Telogis, Telogis Coach

Mobile & Wearable Technology
Lexmark, Lexmark Mobile Capture™ (winner)
Conexant, Conexant AudioSmart CX3803 Input Preprocessing Software for Windows
Martian Watches, Martian Victory Voice Command Smartwatch

Medical Technology
ReShape Medical, The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon
Remendium Labs/Sparton Aubrey Group Team,  leva®

Semiconductors
ClariPhy, LightSpeed-ll CL20010 (winner)
Astronics Test Systems, Inc., ActivATE Test PlatformMicrosemi,
Microsemi SmartFusion2 FPGA – Enhanced Security
Microsemi, Microsemi ZL70103 Ultra-Low Power (ULP) RF Transceiver

About Orange County Technology Alliance
Orange County Technology Alliance is a 501(c)6 nonprofit trade association committed to fast-forwarding the local innovation economy. It is the successor organization to the Orange County Council of TechAmerica and AeA. It is the only technology association addressing the needs of technology companies and their leaders based in Orange County, Calif. The alliance serves members through local networking, professional development, state and federal advocacy, savings on business services and industry recognition. To learn more about membership, contact OC Tech Alliance at octech@octechalliance.com or www.octechalliance.com. Follow alliance activities on Twitter at www.twitter.com/octechalliance.

About Technossus
Technossus is an Irvine, CA based technology consulting and software services company, dedicated to partnering with clients to develop custom solutions for business transformation and growth. Since 2008, we have provided enterprise-class software development, systems integration and advanced technology guidance to clients in a number of rapid growth industry verticals, enabling them to increase agility, enhance productivity and improve business performance. Our highly collaborative engagement involves understanding our client’s unique operational goals and challenges, and combining emerging technologies with structured delivery models to develop customized, mission-critical business solutions.

Media Contacts:

OC Tech Alliance
Dan Chmielewski
Madison Alexander PR
714-832-8716
949-231-2965
dchm@madisonalexanderpr.com

Technossus
Rob Neppell
Director of Sales
949-769-3500
rob.neppell@technossus.com

Orange County is known for its beautiful weather, beaches, and people.  But that’s only the aesthetics, and as everyone should know by now, “don’t judge a book by its cover”.  Within all the beautiful scenery, Orange County has a thriving technology industry that most people would be surprised to discover.  The Orange County Business Journal list 3,570 technology businesses in the area as of December 2014.  While we are not as recognized as Silicon Valley, we are moving up on top lists for startups and IT cities, so don’t be too quick to discount the innovation that comes out of the paradise only found in Southern California.

One organization committed to the continued growth of the technology industry in Orange County by enabling this innovation is the OC Tech Alliance.  The OC Tech Alliance is a nonprofit trade association, dedicated to addressing the needs of small-to-midsized technology companies in the area.  Through a range of programs, products, and services, including but not limited to, local networking, business intelligence, and governmental advocacy, this group continually works to achieve their mission.

If there’s one thing that any individual familiar with this organization looks forward to every year, it is definitely the OC Tech Alliance High-Tech Awards. The evening event gives the community time to recognize and celebrate the incredible ingenuity and hard work of companies and individuals, which has come to fruition over the last 365 days. This year, Technossus is honored to be among the 28 finalists selected for exceptional product and technology innovation.  Under the Medical Technology Category, Helix finds itself as one of the top three in an ever-evolving field.

Technossus’ Helix is a next-generation, cloud-based SaaS Lab Information Management System (LIMS) platform, designed to serve both Anatomical and Molecular Pathology testing markets.  Built on a robust technology stack with flexibility in mind, the system is high performance, scalable and adapts to the many devices found in today’s lab (desktop, tablet, mobile), allowing for customization that meets unique needs, as well as industry standards.  Seamless integration with a physician portal, instruments, 3rd party software, and other systems, enables the ability to scale operation, minimize errors, and control proprietary processes and procedures.

“Being a finalist in the Medical Technology Category for Helix is truly exciting for our team,” explains Kevin Castle, Technossus CTO.  “Our experience in the Life Sciences and Biotech arena has focused on the laboratory side, specifically the cutting-edge Genomic and Anatomical Pathology sector.  What we love about this field is that the technology we create can contribute to life-saving new research and development.  We can’t think of a more worthwhile reason to come into the office everyday than striving to reach a higher quality of life, as well as, longer life expectancies for generations to come. Receiving this recognition for Helix fortifies our team’s resolve as we strive to achieve these goals. ”

Here’s a closer look at how Helix has impacted the Healthcare Industry so far:

OC Tech Alliance’s 22nd Annual High-Tech Innovation Awards Event will be held this evening (Thursday, October 8th) at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA. Come and join us or stay tuned on Technossus’ blog and social media sites to see how beautiful Orange County innovation can be.

It’s February 2014, and Redmond is triumphant. The success of Windows RT has effectively destroyed the Android tablet market while high-end Surface slates — running the critically acclaimed and beloved Windows 8 — have taken the place of iPads as required hipster technology. Microsoft’s mobile market share has just crossed the 50 percent mark, and sales of Microsoft Office have never been higher.

And then Steve Ballmer woke up from his dream and wondered how his replacement was doing on his first day on the job.

The reality Satya Nadella faced when he took Microsoft’s reigns in early 2014 was drastically different from that of his predecessor’s simple dream. To his credit, he seems to have understood that from day one.

Over the past year, Nadella has been busy waking up the rest of his company to the reality of a cross-platform world where Microsoft is the underdog in key markets (Windows Phone, we’re looking at you) and the days of a word processor and a spreadsheet generating massive profits are gone.

The message seems to be getting through — and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Nadella’s positioning of Microsoft as a friendlier, more accessible company is more than just a marketing angle. In the past year alone, Microsoft has produced a more affordable Windows OS and cross-platform versions of Microsoft Office and within days will be releasing Windows 10, a unified operating system that Microsoft hopes will right the wrongs of Windows 8.

For entrepreneurs and new ventures, Microsoft has historically been viewed as a nonstarter; its technology stack was meant for Fortune 500 companies that needed heavy firepower and could afford to pay a hefty price to obtain it. For most startups, open source tech stacks like LAMP and MEAN were sufficient — and significantly more affordable to implement. Microsoft rarely even entered the equation.

But that, too, has changed in the world of the new Microsoft. Now, startups that continue to ignore Microsoft’s tech stack may be missing out on benefits they don’t even know exist.

The Evolution of Microsoft

Traditionally, when someone thought of Microsoft’s best qualities, “open” wouldn’t be a word that came up (despite the reality that arch-rival Apple was always the truly closed platform). But that perception is starting to change as Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to reach out to startup and open source communities have begun to pay off.

Not only is Microsoft participating in and creating an increasing number of open source projects, but it’s also empowering open technologies through its own subsidiary, MS Open Tech. Microsoft has even developed the .NET Foundation — an effort to open source its .NET development stack.

The company has finally begun to understand the true value of being free and open. We see this in its partnerships with cross-platform solutions like Xamarin, and we see it in the creation of MS Open Tech. The message is clear: Microsoft has awakened to the reality of a cross-platform world.

Openness is just one of the reasons Microsoft’s tech stack has become a viable solution for startups. Microsoft’s own attitude toward fostering and encouraging new ventures is another.

Microsoft Will Be There From the Beginning

Microsoft knows that it’s a challenger in the startup sector, and as an underdog, Redmond’s finest are proving to be surprisingly feisty competitors. Microsoft’s BizSpark program was created specifically to help startups grow — giving them guidance and discounts through programs like the BizSpark Plus program, which gives top startup incubators $120,000 worth of free Microsoft Azure cloud services. The Microsoft Ventures Accelerators programs, meanwhile, put top entrepreneurs in three- to six-month programs to help them learn everything they need to know about building a new company. In addition to providing experienced mentors, the accelerator also offers connections to valuable customers and partners. And Microsoft’s support for startups isn’t just up front; their programs and pricing can help new ventures well into their growth.

Microsoft has now outpaced the spending of Amazon and Google when it comes to wooing startups, and it’s showing no signs of stopping. Microsoft is determined to make its tech stack not only enticing, but also a bargain for startups.

LAMP and MEAN are still excellent choices for new ventures and small businesses, but they’re no longer the only ones. Microsoft’s reliability is well-documented, and its development tools are already heavily vetted and widely adopted. Add to that its renewed focus on accessibility and affordability and Microsoft’s tech stack is now the solution to beat.

Redmond will likely never again enjoy the dominance it once wielded; Ballmer’s dream is gone. But Nadella clearly has a dream as well. So far, it seems to be a more interesting and complex one that’s already providing benefits to home and enterprise consumers. Startups and entrepreneurs would be wise to take notice and see what the new Microsoft can do for them.

For more information on how Technossus can help you drive innovation and efficiency in your startup software, contact us here.

Last week, members of the Technossus family made the trek to the granddaddy of popular arts conventions, San Diego Comic-Con. One of our own even helped actually put on the show, lending his technical acumen to the event.

The convention is put on every year by the nonprofit San Diego Comic Convention, Inc. and is the largest convention of its type, drawing well over 150,000 attendees to the historic downtown Gaslamp district. The big draw are the numerous celebrities, cosplay, gaming, and comic-infused panels. Its sister show, Wondercon, is also a big draw around Easter.

Some of the Technossus family enjoyed spending their Saturday in the main exhibit hall. CEO Ravnish Bhalla brought his son and his friend.

“I’d been thinking of going to this annual event for years and we finally got to go for the first time this year,” CEO Ravnish Bhalla said. “This wasn’t so much an event as it is an experience, and what an experience it was: an unbelievable sea of fun loving, nerdy humanity.”

“The boys went nuts, like kids in a candy store: a candy store where there’s also an isle of video games, an isle of movies, and tons of costumed and real world actors walking around. ‘The best day of my life’ said my son — and he’s 12 so he’s been around a while.”

Bob Stavrou, Vice President of Business Development, was no first-timer, but rather was returning to the convention after a short break. “The last time I was at Comic Con was in 1976, and a lot has changed. Great being there with my boys!”

Comic-Con veteran and Technossus technical lead Ian Branson once again brought his skills to bear for the show, wearing a variety of hats throughout the event. His mainstay, systems architecture and development, was his primary focus this year. Throughout his relationship with the Comic-Con organization, Ian has focused his efforts on combatting the increased levels of scalping — a major concern given the massive popularity of the event. Working in concert with the ticketing staff, Ian worked to modernize some of the legacy systems in place for combatting this abuse.

Other areas where Ian’s talents were put to use included managing a staff of 60 volunteers to run an off-site ticketing center, and he also served as the assistant music director for the Masquerade, the centerpiece of Comic-Con experience. The Masquerade is a show/pageant/contest dedicated to showcasing the costuming talents of the contestants playing to a nearly full Ballroom 20 — a space that holds about 3,500 people.

Until next year!

Microsoft is making its mark in the enterprise development market in a big way. For years, the company has been working with the development community to do this, and now it has. Microsoft has raised its game with the latest evolutions of Team Foundation Server, the centerpiece of Microsoft’s approach to Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). If your team works on the Microsoft stack, chances are you already have TFS installed.

But are you getting everything you can out of it?

TFS adoption is widespread in the enterprise market, but many companies are leaving ROI on the table by only using it for basic functions like source code control. In doing so, they’re only getting a fraction of the value available. That’s like driving a car in first gear and never shifting to reach optimal performance.

Here are some of the benefits of TFS that you don’t want to leave idle:

1. TFS: It’s Not Just For IT Anymore

By adopting TFS throughout your enterprise, you can standardize how teams across both IT and your business units work together and create a common place for them to interact. For example, enterprises can now better manage projects with portfolio management. This allows them to have a big-picture view of all the work that’s being done by multiple teams — and how it all connects together.

Teams will be able to point to artifacts, data, and reporting in TFS as the single source of truth. Getting all data into the system — via work management, project planning, defect and quality tracking, source control, and build management — simplifies metric gathering and establishes performance targets for those metrics that help drive continuous improvement in your ALM maturity.

2. Work Management

For organizations following the Agile/Scrum methodology, TFS’s scrum work management tracking makes team planning simple, and integrated reporting makes cross-departmental communication much easier. Templates are provided or you can download third-party process templates to use. Everyone can stay up-to-date on the development process with various tools and feedback requests.

While many ALM solutions are packed with features, the ease of communication provided by Microsoft makes TFS an excellent choice for organizations of all sizes.

3. A Web Collaboration Portal

One of the biggest headaches in enterprise software implementation is getting everyone together. The TFS Team Web Access allows seamless management of team members’ tasks and activities — regardless of where they’re working.

A control panel is used to govern permissions and extensions and provide management of work areas and alerts configuration. The work areas can be utilized for breaking big groups into smaller teams with specific areas of operation. This also provides a better look at the work everyone has done.

4. Automation and Reporting

Once teams across IT and your business units are integrated into the TFS platform, it becomes easier to build automation and reporting that spans your entire enterprise rather than just IT. Automated team builds help you get new releases out faster and with fewer errors. This frees up IT resources for additional projects.

In addition, source code management, testing, and release management tools are provided to make all aspects of the software development lifecycle easier. Data collected and stored by the platform can be archived along with system requirements, coding, and progress reporting.

Providing robust tools for cross-department standardization, reporting, work item tracking, cloud collaboration, and more, TFS is a solid platform that can help organizations of any size or sector. While making the most of TFS means going through a learning curve, it’s worth the effort for companies that are committed to enterprise development as a key strategic advantage.

At Technossus, we focus on enabling our clients’ software development success via strong ALM processes and getting the full benefits of tools like TFS. For more information about how you can get the most from TFS, click here to contact us

While it wasn’t quite conventional wisdom to question Microsoft’s decision to acquire Nokia two years ago, there was certainly no shortage of skeptics. Those naysayers are now gleefully searching for the Finnish translation of “I told you so.”

But I wouldn’t count Microsoft out just yet. As a wise man once said: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

The Nokia write-down — and the associated and heartbreaking layoffs — puts a huge exclamation point at the end of one era for Microsoft (heckofa job, Stevie). But a new era has clearly begun. Microsoft’s mobile strategy is dead: long live Microsoft’s mobile strategy.

Microsoft’s current share of the mobile OS market isn’t small, per se. More like it’s barely detectable by the most precise instruments known to science (2.7% at last count). But Redmond’s strategery seems to involve more subtlety than simply striving for OS dominance.

Picture this vision of the future for Microsoft:

– Microsoft maintains its strong position as the development ecosystem of choice for enterprise-class development

– Azure continues its technical evolution and market share growth. Azure is Microsoft’s not-so-secret weapon in the mobile war: while Amazon’s AWS is still the dominant player, when thinking of the mobile world, Microsoft isn’t fighting Amazon, it’s fighting Google and Apple — neither of which has as strong an offering as Azure. Microsoft’s ability to provide a robust cloud infrastructure to serve as back-end to mobile applications across all platforms is a differentiator Apple and Google can’t currently match.

– Cross-platform mobile development matures and becomes the norm via .NET and tools like Xamarin (or the next generation similar tool); enterprises leverage the same skill-sets and tools (TFS, Visual Studio) that they do for non-mobile development. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues steps to ‘open source’ .NET and the surrounding ecosystem, further broadening the platform’s appeal to developers.

– Much to everyone’s surprise, Microsoft has quietly become quite a competent app developer on the iOS and Android platforms independent of its traditional Windows applications. We can expect this trend to continue and expand as Microsoft continues its push to drive its existing core applications – and new ones – onto all platforms. With the recent Cyanogen agreement, we now have a world where top-tier Android handsets will ship with Microsoft Office and other Microsoft apps instead of Google’s; truly through-the-looking-glass stuff.

– Microsoft continues to push the Windows 10 / universal app vision; as the line between PC, “PC”, “laptop” and “tablet” blurs — a process Microsoft is consciously accelerating with Continuum — Surface and its future descendants are a strong player for enterprise mobility.

If Microsoft can achieve all of the above — all of which seem plausible and a few of which seem inevitable — does it actually really matter that much if Windows Phone still doesn’t achieve significant market share? And remember: the mobile market is fickle and turns on a dime. In Q1 2009 Android’s market share was basically zero: just two years later in Q1 2011 it was 35%. It is entirely imaginable that while Windows Phone has – thus far – lost the war for this generation of phones badly, the next generation, or the one after that, could easily flip in their favor.

So take a moment to mourn for the old Microsoft, where the CEO could blithely declare “there’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share” and dismiss Google as “not a real company.” Good times, Steve, good times. But the game has changed now, and with the Nokia write-down, Satya Nadella’s New Microsoft may finally be leaving the last vestiges of the old regime behind. Redmond’s future has never been more uncertain — but it’s certain to be interesting.

At Technossus, the responsibility we talk most about is to deliver quality results that help our clients succeed. But there’s a second responsibility that’s almost as important: the responsibility each of us here have to one another, and that of the company’s leadership to the individuals that have chosen to call Technossus their professional home.

So it is with great pride that we can now announce that the Orange County Business Journal has honored Technossus as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Orange County.

“It’s validation that we’re doing things right,” Ravnish Bhalla, Technossus’s CEO said. “To me personally it’s very important that we have a culture where everybody feels at home, that they feel this is a place that they want to spend a major part of their future working career – if not all of it. This field is as much art as science, and you need to have people perform at their creative best. They can only do that if the environment and the people around them promotes it. Happy people who are excited about their jobs will work hard, smart, and creatively — and that’s ultimately what we deliver to our customers.”

Anna Almquist has been with Technossus since shortly after the company was founded in 2008 and leads office operations and Human Resources. “This is our family; it’s my second home,” she said. “Everyone gels well together: it’s fun here. And everybody genuinely cares about each other.”

“We’ve got folks with different personalities, backgrounds, and styles and we all coexist and work well together – but people are allowed to maintain their individuality,” said Jimmy Miller, who joined Technossus as a sales executive earlier this year. “People’s opinions count, regardless of ‘rank’ or seniority: around here the best answer typically wins, as opposed to the most powerful person.”

The awards program was created in 2009 and is a project of the Orange County Business Journal and Best Companies Group. The county-wide survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Orange County, benefiting the county’s economy, its workforce and businesses.

Ian Branson joined Technossus in February of this year and noted the collaborative nature of the company’s culture. “You don’t have to watch your back here like you do in some corporate environments: you can disagree with your cube-mate and it’s constructive and collaborative rather than contentious. Which is critical, as we’re not a bunch of drones that go and mindlessly do a client’s bidding: teams here work together to provide advice, guidance, and creative solutions that can really add value to our client’s business.”

“As a relative newcomer to Technossus, I have great admiration for what the company has achieved,” Rob Neppell, Director of Sales said. “Technossus’ relentless focus on recruiting top-notch people who aren’t just exceptionally competent but who truly work and play well with others is amazing. My colleagues make me want to come to work every morning.”

The full results and rankings of individual companies will be published in a special section of the Orange County Business Journal’s July 27th issue.

About Technossus
Technossus is an Irvine, CA based technology consulting and software services company, dedicated to partnering with clients to develop custom solutions for business transformation and growth. For more information, visit technossus.com, and follow the company on LinkedIn and on Twitter @technossus.

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